Note: German major and minor will be available to existing declared majors and/or minors only.
More than 40 million Americans consider themselves descendants of Germany, according to the latest U.S. Census Report. That makes “Deutschland” the most-mentioned country of origin in the U.S. Here in Wisconsin, the German influence is even greater, with more than half this state’s residents considering themselves to be of German descent. Lakeland College, in fact, was founded by German immigrants more than 150 years ago. With such a deeply rooted connection to Germany, it should come as no surprise that Lakeland College offers a top-notch German program.
Spend a semester (or two) in Germany
What better way to learn about so many Americans’ motherland than to study there? As a Lakeland College student participating in the German program, you will have a fantastic opportunity to learn abroad and soak up the language and culture in a strong academic setting. Through a partnership with Hessen Universitat in Kassel, Lakeland College students study there for a semester or two – for no tuition cost.
“Students come home from Kassel showing huge improvement in their speaking ability, reading ability and overall knowledge of the country,” says Martin Ulrich, associate professor of German and music. “It’s a really, really good program, and friendships are formed that last 20 or 30 years.”
Ulrich, who’s been at Lakeland for 30 years, also spearheads numerous activities and internship opportunities for his students. There’s a three-week visit in May to Wurttemberg, where students stay with host families. Another example is the “Conversation Table” in Sheboygan, where a diverse collection of German-speaking people gather and speak the language.
“It’s a fun way to practice your German conversational skills,” Ulrich says. “You get to know people and even sometimes make professional connections.”
German at Lakeland
Students who major in German Lakeland College will:
- Know the most important events and intellectual periods in the history of German literature and culture
- Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the most important styles and periods in German culture
- Develop a working knowledge of the most important authors and genres in German literature
- Develop skill in literary analysis sufficient to read literature for meaning
- Develop a basic understanding of how the most important regional dialects shape the character of the German language and the German people
- Develop an appreciation for the expressive power and intellectual insight of German literature